the best recipes for natural exfoliants

the best recipes for natural exfoliants

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Marie Jourdan (Dermatologist)

Medical validation:
October 28, 2022

To have soft, smooth and well hydrated skin, body exfoliation is a natural part of our beauty routine. With sugar, salt, honey or even coffee grounds: discover the list of our best exfoliating recipes.

In just a few years, body exfoliation has easily integrated into our beauty routine. And for good reason: it combines the qualities…

Why make a homemade body scrub?

Fragrant and often fruity, the body scrub eliminates dead skin, refines skin texture, promotes cell renewal… but also keeps skin luminous and hydrated.

However, to take advantage of all its benefits, it should not be industrial.

Before being banned in January 2018, the presence of plastic micro-beads in scrubs and industrial cleaners had already pushed some consumers to turn to homemade scrubs“, recalls Dr. Jourdan.

Natural and DIY scrubs that combine the advantages: economical, they only require a few ingredients that are easy to find in kitchen cupboards (coffee, honey, lemon, sugar, salt, banana, avocado, olive oil, coffee grounds , mango, etc.).

Ingredients and recipes vary depending on the characteristics of the skin – dry, oily or combination.

The only constant: the products should preferably remain natural and organic.

“To achieve it, we combine the grains – salt, sugar, coffee grounds – with a soothing and/or moisturizing oil, such as jojoba oil or sweet almond oil”says Dr. Jourdan.

The homemade scrub thus has the (great) advantage of being good for the skin and the environment, safe and without chemical compounds.

The benefits of body scrubs

If it is not mandatory to do it every week, the homemade body scrub proves to be a good solution to keep skin healthy and smooth longer. It rids the epidermis of impurities and dead skin to unclog pores. It is also a great way to accelerate cell renewal and activate blood circulation.

As with the face, exfoliating your feet, elbows, legs or even your chest allows all parts of the body to better absorb moisturisers, self-tanners and other oils.

Before hair removal, exfoliation is essential. It allows the wax to cling better and to be more effective from the first pass. In addition, it allows to refine the skin texture which allows the hairs to pierce the skin more easily and thus avoid ingrown hairs.

Finally, exfoliating the scalp eliminates product residue, dead cells, dandruff, etc.

When to make a homemade body scrub?

The right tempo: once or twice a week maximum, emphasizing the harder areas such as the heels, elbows or knees. Between each exfoliation, the cells are renewed: it is therefore necessary to allow time for the skin to rest.

Dry and fragile skin should space out scrubs more often. In case of redness, reduce the frequency of exfoliation.

“In the heart of summer or in the heart of winter, this is not the time to exfoliate: the skin is too fragile. The best time? Before summer, to refine skin texture and optimize her cosmetic routine before the holidays, or after the summer, in autumn, because the skin will have thickened in the sun recommends Dr. Jourdan.

How to make a good exfoliation of the legs?

Homemade leg scrubs have many benefits. It eliminates the thin layer of dead skin that covers the epidermis, promotes good hair regrowth and helps the wax to adhere more easily. Hair removal becomes simpler and less painful.

To achieve this, favor fruity ingredients, rich in vitamins and enzymes, such as papaya or mango. The acidity of the fruits will dissolve the dead cells, like a peeling.

Then mix the fruits, then apply the mixture directly on the legs by massaging gently, in a circular manner. Leave on for a few minutes before rinsing your skin with cold water.

The exfoliation is done before showering or bathing on dry or damp skin. Unlike the face, where the exfoliant must be applied very gently, the body can withstand a slightly more vigorous exfoliation. Do not hesitate to insist on the roughest areas, where the skin is thick, that is to say the elbows, knees and heels by drawing small circles to have a soft and luminous skin.

Don’t forget to rinse the scrub carefully with clean water and finish with a jet of cool water to activate blood circulation.

Note: on the bust and chest, which are the most fragile parts, delicacy is required: the movements must be gentle, otherwise there is a risk of seeing redness appear.

7 homemade natural body scrub recipes

Homemade sea salt scrub

This well-known scrub is ideal for normal skin. To make it, mix in a cup 4 tablespoons of sea salt and 2 teaspoons of organic olive oil. You can add a drop of essential oil to the mixture, so that the care has a more pleasant smell. Once the mixture is finished, apply it to all parts of the body, especially the driest ones.

homemade sugar scrub

This treatment is intended for normal skin, but it can be abrasive for sensitive skin. The fineness of the grains plays an important role: the larger the grains, the greater the exfoliation. To make it, mix 4 teaspoons of sugar with 2 tablespoons of argan or coconut oil. Apply to the body, leave the mixture on for a few minutes, then rinse.

homemade avocado scrub

This very moisturizing scrub is ideal for dry skin. To make it, mix two tablespoons of mashed avocado and 2 tablespoons of fine sugar, until you obtain a uniform paste. Distribute the preparation over the whole body then perform small circular massages. Then rinse with cold water.

Homemade coffee grounds scrub

This scrub is particularly recommended in case of orange peel skin on the legs. To prepare it, collect 4 tablespoons of coffee grounds (in your coffee machine) then, mix it with two tablespoons of the vegetable oil of your choice – or honey. Scrub in the shower in small circular motions, then rinse.

Homemade honey scrub

This moisturizing scrub is suitable for all skin types. To make it, mix 3 tablespoons of liquid honey and 4 tablespoons of powdered sugar. After depositing the mixture on your body, massage, then rinse with lukewarm water, to prevent the skin from remaining sticky.

homemade banana scrub

This antioxidant scrub removes impurities and dead skin. It also hydrates dry skin wonderfully. To do this, mash a ripe banana in a cup. Add 2 tablespoons of honey and 3 tablespoons of sugar, white or brown. Once the massage is finished, rinse your body with lukewarm water.

Homemade semolina scrub

This scrub is suitable for all skin types, especially the most sensitive, because semolina is less abrasive than coffee grounds or salt. In a bowl, mix 3 tablespoons of semolina with 1 tablespoon of water and a little lemon juice. Gently apply using circular movements on the skin, then rinse with lukewarm water. Dry and moisturize immediately with a moisturizing body cream.

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